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Aliev and Pashinyan agree on need for concrete steps toward Karabakh peace while offering no specifics.2 April 2019
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has downplayed his defense minister’s assertive comments on the possibility of another war with Azerbaijan.
“As minister of defense, I declare that the formula ‘territories for peace’ will no longer exist, and we will reformulate it as ‘new war – new territories,’ ” he told a group of local Armenians in New York, Eurasianet.org writes.
The controversy threatened to swamp the mostly positive, if lukewarm, assessments of the Pashinyan-Aliev talks. In their first formal meeting since Pashinyan’s sudden rise to the premiership last year, the two leaders spoke of “taking further concrete and tangible steps in the negotiation process to find a peaceful solution to the conflict,” according to a joint statement by their foreign ministers.
Pashinyan today dismissed the “scandal” over Tonoyan’s words as “nonsense.”
“He stated that if war breaks out, our aspiration would be to win in the war. If the defense minister thinks something [different], he should not work as defense minister. This in no way impacts the peaceful settlement process, quite the contrary, it highlights the importance of the peaceful settlement process,” Armenpress quotes the prime minister as saying.
Hopes rose for a major breakthrough earlier this year after foreign ministers Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Elmar Mammadyarov agreed on the need for “concrete measures to prepare the population for peace”.
However, some commentators cautioned against taking the positive noises at face value, suggesting each side was waiting for the other to make the first compromise.
There is little indication that either side is ready to accept the guidelines of the OSCE Minsk Group for a “fair and lasting peace,” as reiterated last month by its Russian, French, and American co-chairs.
The Minsk Group has been trying to broker a lasting peace since the two sides signed a cease-fire in 1993. Some of its guidelines echo Azeri demands (“return of the territories surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh to Azerbaijani control”) but others seem designed to placate Yerevan, such as “a corridor linking Armenia to Nagorno-Karabakh.”
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